The Rundown: Heat clamp down on Nets, Thunder upset Lakers

Published October 28, 2021, 12:50 PMJC Ansis

The Miami Heat used their defense to beat the Nets, while the Thunder made a 26-point comeback against the Lakers.


Hornets 120, Magic 111

Wizards 116, Celtics 107

Heat 106, Nets 93

Raptors 118, Pacers 100

Hawks 102, Pelicans 99

Timberwolves 113, Bucks 108

Thunder 123, Lakers 115

Kings 110, Suns 107

Blazers 116, Grizzlies 96

Cavaliers 92, Clippers 79

What went down

There was much anticipation heading into Thursday's game between the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat. Simply because both teams could potentially see each other in the Eastern Conference Finals given the amount of talent they have.

And the matchup—featuring the Nets' flashy style against the Heat's physicality—lived up to the hype... in the first half, at least. 

Miami outworked Brooklyn the rest of the way, especially on the boards where they held a 62-42 edge. Entering the game, the Heat ranked second-best in the league in points  (95.7) and FG percentage (39.3), and against the Nets, they remained true to those numbers. 

Kevin Durant scored 25 points, but the Heat relied on their defense to hold the entire team to under 100 points and win this East showdown.

Jimmy Butler scored 17 points, grabbed 14 (!!!) rebounds, dished out seven assists, and had four (!!!) steals, while Bam Adebayo had a productive 24-point, 9-rebound performance.

Brooklyn's rollercoaster ride continues as it slides down with a 2-3 record. Meanwhile, Miami has looked like the formidable team everyone expects them to be, slaying some East giants to start the season to go 3-1. Don't sleep on the Heat!

Big-time ballers

Gonna have to put the entire Oklahoma City Thunder team here. After four straight losses, they got their first win of the season in dramatic fashion, coming back from 26 points down to beat the Lakers.

Six OKC players scored in double figures. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a 27-9-5 line and Darius Bazley handed in 20 and 6 to lead the way.

Also, a special shoutout to Harrison Barnes for burying the reigning West champs Phoenix Suns with a game-winning triple. He ended with 22 points, nine rebounds, and four assists in the Kings' win.

What he said

The Washington Wizards got a win over the Boston Celtics today, but not before this amusing thing happened to Bradley Beal.

What's in a number?

Despite the loss to the Heat, the Nets picked up a small win today when Joe Harris passed Jason Kidd to become the franchise's all-time leader in 3s made with 816.

It took him a total of 349 games (157 fewer than Kidd, by the way) to set the record. Interestingly, Harris also holds the Nets’ career record for 3-point percentage (44.1%).

Keep shootin', Joe!

Did you see that?

Just when you think you have Giannis Antetokounmpo covered, he does something crazy like this:


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